Rail service is available from Paris, Bordeaux, and La Rochelle. Around 15 fast TGV trains arrive daily from Paris Gare Montparnasse (trip time: 90 min.; one-way fare: 60€). Another 17 (regular) trains arrive daily from Bordeaux (trip time: 2 hr.; one-way fare: 36€), and 12 TGV from La Rochelle (trip time: 1 3/4 hr.; 24€). For train information, call tel. 36-35. Bus service from Poitiers is so badly scheduled it's virtually nonexistent. If you're driving, Poitiers is located on the A10 highway; from Paris, follow A10 south through the cities of Orléans and Tours, on to Poitiers.
The Office de Tourisme is at 45 place Charles-de-Gaulle (tel. 05-49-41-21-24; fax 05-49-88-65-84; www.ot-poitiers.fr).
The liveliest time to visit is from mid-June to mid-September during the Poitiers l'Eté, a festival of free live jazz, theater, opera, rock, and fireworks. Colored lights illuminate the facade of Notre-Dame La Grande for 15 minutes every evening at 10:30pm; free concerts and theater pieces, both in and out of the streets, take place at various parks and churches around the city. Check with the tourist office for schedules.
For about 8 days in late September, during the Concerts Allumés, recitals feature the organs in some of the town's most important churches. Most performances are free; otherwise tickets cost from 12€ for adults or 10€ for students. For information, contact the tourist office, or call tel. 05-49-39-29-29 or visit www.concerts-allumes.org.
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